In This Issue
Hearing Enhancement Devices

Hearing enhancement devices are available during services at the security desk. In addition, there is a Hearing Loop in the Schafler Forum. Please switch hearing aid to T-coil.

Union Field Cemetery

Come visit and learn more about Rodeph Sholom's historic Union Field Cemetery. Discounted fees are available for CRS members. For more information, call our knowledgeable staff at 718-366-3748.

Bereavement Notices 

Click here if you would like to be informed of deaths in our community.
October 3 , 2017
 
Special Worship and Spiritual Opportunities
Erev Sukkot

Join us for this celebration for families with young children. Shake your lulav in the fragrant and harvest-themed Sukkah. 

3:30-4:15PM: For our littlest members, ages 0-3, sing and shake in the Sukkah

4:30-5:30PM: Family Sukkot Experience, with arts and crafts, stories, and snacks

5:30-6:00PM: Blessings with clergy in the Sukkah
Sukkot 

Join us for the traditional Festival Sukkot Morning Service
 with Yizkor.

Havdalah Unplugged

The perfect way to start a new week. Havdalah Unplugged will feature music, stories, and a chance to reflect.  
Erev Simchat Torah

 
Rejoice with dancing in the streets  (weather permitting) as we conclude  and celebrate the annual cycle of the  reading of the Torah.
Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret

On Simchat Torah morning, we unfurl the entire Torah scroll, read the final words of Deuteronomy, and start again the story of creation. Yizkor concludes the service.
Erev Shabbat and Consecration

Consecration honors and welcomes children who are embarking on their formal Jewish education at Congregation Rodeph Sholom and Rodeph Sholom School.

Community Events
Brand new and just for you! Join Minyan! 

Minyan is a new initiative at CRS that fosters belonging and sparks connection among members. Fellow congregants ignite these groups based on their own affinities and interests, aligned around Judaism and Jewish culture. From  museums to cooking, walking to love of literature, find a Minyan that speaks to you and fits into your life!  Each Minyan group is comprised of 8-12 CRS members and is time-limited, meeting monthly for 7-9 months.
Mitzvah Weekend: Spotlight on Mental Health

We invite you to participate in our annual Mitzvah Weekend. This year we will raise AWARENESS for those among us most at risk and in need of support, we will practice ADVOCACY for justice and righteousness, and we will participate in a day of ACTIONTo sign up to volunteer, go to rodephsholom.org/mitzvah 

This year, the Mental Health Initiative has partnered with Mitzvah Weekend to create a theme on  mental health and addiction. Noted authority  Cantor Patti Linsky will do an Erev Shabbat Service sermon-in-song entitled The Spirituality of Recovery , lead a Shabbat Morning Service discussion group, and perform her laugh-til-you-cry hit show "Altar EGO."  RSVP to this performance at   mitzvahday@crsnyc.org

On Sunday, visit the Mental Health Initiative information table to learn what we do to support mental health and addiction challenges in our community.

Tikkun Olam

Dream Big -  Protecting DREAMers from Deportation

Since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, people have come to our shores seeking a better life for themselves and their children. We should not deport people to countries to which they have little or no connection.

Click here to urge Congress to pass the Dream Act now, without including additional enforcement measures.
Sisterhood Volunteer Project: Days for Girls at The Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy
Upcoming dates: December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4

Days for Girls is a grassroots non-profit that gives feminine hygiene kits to 400,000 girls and women worldwide who live in poverty. Sisterhood at CRS has joined with volunteers at The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy to make kits to distribute to girls and women in need in New York City. 

Please join us! Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, but this is not required; all you need is a desire to make a difference. 

For more information, contact  sisterhood@crsnyc.org .
Backpack Buddies Serving Hungry Children

Backpack Buddies returns on October 18th! Thanks to the strong partnership of our community, we are able to fill more backpacks to help children in our neighborhood who don't have enough to eat. Click here to sign up.
Volunteer at the CRS Homeless Shelter

Just in time for the chilly weather, the CRS Homeless Shelter will open on Oct 16th. Slots are open and volunteers are needed! By volunteering at our homeless shelter, you will provide in-the-moment assistance to people who have nowhere else to sleep. Transform a night of misery on the street for a fellow New Yorker -    click here  to sign up!  

Adult Programming
Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms with Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
Upcoming dates: November 10, December 8,   January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8

Through our continued study of Psalms, we discover resources for our life and for our Jewish journey. A perfect preparation for Shabbat, it's a participatory learning experience with poetry and song. Seekers and learners of all levels are welcome, new and returning students alike. 
Lunch Together
Upcoming dates: November 7, December 5, January 9, 
February 13, March 13, April 17, May 15, June 12


Learn About Defending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Presented by Angela Fernandez, Esq., Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR)

Building on her top-level government experience and years of working with affected community members, Ms. Fernandez will educate us about the NMCIR, as well as current immigration policy and how we can take action.

RSVP to lunchtogether@crsnyc.org, or call 646-454-3067.
Jewish Basics
Upcoming dates: November 1,8, 15, 29; December 13; January 24, 31; February 7, 21; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25

This class establishes a foundation for an individual or couple interested in living a Jewish life. Jewish Basics will introduce the learner to the Jewish holidays, foundational Jewish texts, mitzvot, and great Jewish questions.

For more information, contact Rabbi Greg Weitzman at rabbiweitzman@crsnyc.org.
Mah Jongg
Upcoming dates: November 9, December 14, January 11, 
February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12

Are you ready to play? Would you like to learn? Join us for an enjoyable afternoon of fun and semi-fierce competition. Players of all levels welcome, from beginners to experts. Bring a card or buy one for 2017. RSVP to mahjongg@crsnyc.org.
Jewish Basics 2.0
Upcoming dates: November 13, December 11, February 2, March 12, April 16, May 7, June 11

Oy! I just converted - now what do I do? This class seeks to dive deeper into topics learned in the introductory class and will enrich an already full Jewish life.

For more information, contact Rabbi Greg Weitzman at  rabbiweitzman@crsnyc.org
Book Group
Upcoming dates: December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7

Begin your New Year on a sweet note! We will discuss A Small Island by Andrea Levy. Please note that due to the timing of the High Holy Days, Book Group will not meet in October.  To learn more, contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.
Join the Rodeph Sholom Delegation!
URJ Biennial

With the theme of "Reimagining Jewish Life," our congregation will join with hundreds of others from across North America at the URJ Biennial 2017 from December 6th-10th in Boston, MA. Please join us! Our Congregation Rodeph Sholom delegation will include staff, clergy, and congregants . Cantor Shayna De Lowe and Rabbi Ben Spratt will be leading a special Service of Belonging on Thursday morning, December 7th. We hope to see you there!
Opportunities for Families with Young Children

We are so excited to announce our all-new class lineup for fall! Fun for the whole family includes Shabbat and Play, Breathe In: Yoga for Littles, and the world premiere of Music Together Sing Shalom! 
Click here to learn more and register for classes.
Development
Yom Kippur Appeal 5778/2017
Rodeph Sholom is here for all of us, 
because of all of us.

As the calendar turns to 5778 and our congregation begins another year together, the spirit of the High Holy Days calls us to action: teshuvah, tefilah, and tzedakah - repentance, prayer, and righteous giving. These sacred words remind us not only of the unique ability we have to make an impact on our community, but also our responsibility to do so.

Many congregants are surprised to learn that their membership dues do not cover the full cost of the synagogue's operations (last year it was 54%). It is only through your generosity and support of the Yom Kippur Appeal (YKA) that we are able to maintain well-loved programs, explore exciting new projects, and meet previously unanticipated needs within the congregation. From providing dues assistance, to making unexpected repairs to our building, to supporting our remarkable clergy, your participation makes a tangible impact. 

To make your gift to the appeal:
  • Return the pledge card attached to your High Holy Day ticket.
  • Click here to make a gift online.
  • Call the Development Office (646-454-3052) for information about automatic recurring payments, gifts of appreciated stock, or adding a pledge to your synagogue account.
Your support is essential to our congregation's strength. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Moment of the Month
We are working on making our Sukkah beautiful for you!  Kiddush will be held in the Sukkah after the Erev Shabbat Service on Friday, October 6th, and after Shabbat Morning Services on Saturday, October 7th. Come celebrate the crisp, fresh air of autumn.